Thursday, 24 January 2013


Common, Mediterranean and Black Headed Gull.

Mediterranean Gull Southend
Med Gull
Med Gull
Corn Buntings at Wallasea Island
Watching the Corn Buntings
Hen Harrier at Wallasea Island
Wat Tyler Scrape Hide
Today I dropped in to Wallasea and Wat Tyler.
Wallasea had several large flocks of Corn Bunting gathering whilst a single ringtail hunted and a Merlin flashed through twice before heading over the river bank and away. A fox kept watch entertained by the Buntings and then showed some interest in the Pheasants flushed by the Harrier.
Lot's of Fieldfare about and a single Reed Bunting.

At Southend I pulled up to see about twenty Brent Geese on the sea and lot's of BH Gull about. A few Herring and Common Gull also waited for the locals to feed them and two Mediterranean gulls also sat with them. Turnstone and Sanderling walked along the shore line.

At Wat Tyler I put down a deposit in exchange for a key to the Scrape Hide only to find two locals already in the hide watching the Caspian Gull. Also present amongst all the gulls was a single Snipe and a small flock of Stock Doves. Gulls here included BH, Common, Herring, Yellow Legged, LBB and GBB whilst the only  other birds here were Coot and Gadwall.

Following this I returned to a long hard day of chasing numbers.

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